Brazil Vs Belgium | FIFA World Cup, Quarter Finals | Friday , 6 July
🏟 #WorldCup Quarter-Final Fixtures:
🇺🇾 Uruguay vs France 🇫🇷
🇧🇷 Brazil vs Belgium 🇧🇪
🏴 England vs Sweden 🇸🇪
🇷🇺 Russia vs Croatia 🇭🇷 pic.twitter.com/T1RdULEyvB
— Live Soccer (@thelivesoccer_) July 5, 2018
The second quarter-final of the FIFA World Cup 2018 sees second and third ranked nations lock horns in Kazan in the Brazil Vs Belgium match to end each other’s World Cup hopes and book a clash with the winner of the first Quarter-final of France Vs Uruguay.
The world best defense against the world’s best attack will be one of the most interesting games you’ll see as both teams have been tipped to get their hands on the FIFA World Cup Trophy this year but sadly the the journey for one will come to an end when they face each other in the Brazil Vs Belgium clash.
The time has come to finally settle the debate after all these years!
🇧🇷 Brazil vs Belgium 🇧🇪
🇧🇷 Neymar vs Hazard 🇧🇪
Who's a better player?
RT for Neymar ♻️️
Like for Hazard ❤️ pic.twitter.com/ukI8K7wVAi
— Futbol World (@FutbolWorId) July 2, 2018
Belgium’s journey in 2014 came to an end at this very stage when they were beaten by finalists Argentina so what is left to see is how far The Red Devils make it to this time. They are likely to cause more problems to Brazil than any has so far.
Moreover, this FIFA World Cup has turned out to the tournament of the unexpected. Things happening that were never anticipated. Upsets is the flavour of the FIFA World Cup 2018.
😱 Things that have happened at 2018 #WorldCup for 1st time since 1966:
🏴 England score 4 goals in a game
🇷🇺 Russia win opening 2 group games
🇩🇪 England go further than Germany
🇧🇪 Belgium win from 2 nil down
🏆 It's Coming Home! 🎉 pic.twitter.com/EPBuAmeh9s
— SPORF (@Sporf) July 4, 2018
With most of Brazil’s major rivals like Argentina, Germany and Spain already out of the World Cup, this is a golden opportunity for Brazil to clinch a sixth FIFA World Cup if they manage to get past Belgium’s golden generation of players.
This will be the fifth Brazil Vs Belgium match that the fans will be watching with Belgium winning the first in 1963 and losing the following three games. Their only previous encounter in a FIFA World Cup was in 2002 with Brazil winning 2-0 en route to winning the entire competition.
The previous encounter between the two was 16 years ago back in 2002 when Brazil beat Belgium 2-0 goals coming from Rivaldo and Ronaldo.
Can Belgium avenge their 2002 round of 16 loss to Brazil? https://t.co/zkJpZRApaw
— Sportskeeda Football (@SK_Football) July 5, 2018
“As a coach I have a lot of options with this team but I know in my head what I want to do. We will need power. If we show the same mentality as we did on Monday, we have a big chance.”
“It’s a dream match for our players, they were born to play in a match like this. Naturally we want to win but we are not expected to and that is an important difference.”
Brazil who have started to hit form eased past Mexico with a comfortable 2-0 win as Neymar came into the limelight with a goal and an assist. However the world’s most expensive player has come under huge criticism for going to ground easily to catch the attention of the referees. He was booked for dissent, saw a penalty overturned and was accused of diving against Mexico but hasn’t failed to deliver.
Brazil’s road to glory in 2002:
vs Turkey (2-1)
vs China (4-0)
vs Costa Rica (5-2)
vs Belgium (2-0)
vs England (2-1)
vs Turkey (1-0)
vs Germany (2-0) pic.twitter.com/7Napte6XYL
— Brazil Football 🇧🇷 (@BrazilEdition) June 30, 2018
Brazil have the best defense in the World Cup right now but they must be well aware of their opposition who pose the best attacking threat out of all after having scored the most (12) goals so far. So, the Brazil Vs Belgium will be a thriller to watch.
Marcelo who missed Brazil’s previous game has returned to training along with Douglas Costa. Gabriel Jesus who has failed to impress upfront is likely to be benched for Roberto Firmino who came off the bench to score Brazil’s second against Mexico. Also Casemiro is set to miss the Brazil Vs Belgium game after picking up his second yellow card of the tournament against Mexico.
Brazil’s manager, Tite, has confirmed that Marcelo recovered from his back injury and will be a starter against Belgium in the quarterfinals of the World Cup. 🇧🇷🔥 pic.twitter.com/OPAyrNv7oY
— SB (@Realmadridplace) July 5, 2018
Neymar (Paris Saint German)
One of the moat highlighted players of the World Cup so far, The Paris Saint German striker has 57 goals in 89 international appearances and has already managed two goals and two assists in 4 games. Aware of his talent, he has so far not failed to deliver for Brazil but has often come into criticism for rolling on the ground by slightest of fouls to gain the attention of referees. It is time for him to leave his antics aside and make the stage his own to lead his nation to glory in the Brazil Vs Belgium clash.
Neymar training hard for Brazil's quarter-final against Belgium! 🤣🏊 pic.twitter.com/c8udzfO0Nl
— Soccer AM (@SoccerAM) July 5, 2018
Philippe Coutinho (Barcelona)
Capable of surprising the world with his individual brilliance, the Barcelona man won back to back Man of the Match awards in this World Cup for his brilliant performances and has scored twice and assisted one in that time. He always seems to have something in his locker to deliver when the team fails to create. Brazil will need his quality on the ball to break a strong Belgium defense in the Brazil Vs Belgium clash.
🗣 | Roberto Carlos (ex-Brazil):"Coutinho is in a very good moment, at Barca and at the Brazilian team. He's a very important player for Brazil because the pressure is all on Neymar, then Coutinho shows up. Brazil have a very strong chance to win this World Cup." pic.twitter.com/sKPKQrt5Ro
— BarcaTimes (@BarcaTimes) July 1, 2018
Alisson – Marcelo, Miranda, Thiago Silva, Fagner – Fernandinho – Neymar, Coutinho, Paulinho, Willian – Roberto Firmino
Belgium’s comeback of the tournament so far did not go unnoticed as they came from 2-0 down to score a stoppage time winner and hand Japan the exit with a 3-2 win but their struggles in midfield was clearly evident as well. Kevin De Bruyne who has been deployed in a deeper role did not come to action until the very end and Belgium needed a physical edge by bringing the likes of Marouane Fellaini and Nacer Chadli over Dries Mertens and Yannick Carrasco.
— Times of India (@timesofindia) July 3, 2018
With the talented trio of Eden Hazard, Romelu Lukaku and Kevin De Bruyne on one side and Neymar and Philippe Coutinho on the other the Brazil vs Belgium game will be a stern test for the defense to contain each other. The latter are also one card away from suspension along with 5 Belgium players including Jan Vertonghen and Kevin De Bruyne.
Brazil will be without their key midfielder Casemiro which will present Kevin De Bruyne with a golden opportunity to make midfield his own and pull strings.
🔴 Signs new @ManUtd deal ✍️
🇧🇪 Scores Belgium equaliser ⚽️
— UEFA Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) July 3, 2018
Roberto Martinez has indicated ahead of Brazil vs Belgium that his side needs to be physically strong and need “power” so the likes of Marouane Fellaini or even Nacer Chadli coming into the line-up should come as no surprise.
Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City)
Deployed in a deeper role for Belgium by Roberto Martinez, the Manchester City man has not particularly stepped up to his best but his creativity with the ball and vision can not be ignored as was evident in the latter stages of the game against Japan when he was playing in an advanced role and set up the final counter-attack only for Chadli to net the winner. He is capable of producing magic from his feet at any moment of the game so he will have a key part to play if Belgium are to overcome Brazil.
Kevin de Bruyne in a deep-lying midfield "Regista" role, provides him the time, space & options to exercise his multidimensional qualities; break the lines on the ground, switch the play in the air, or transport the ball himself. Belgium a side to fear! pic.twitter.com/soSkPSRi2R
— coachdogge (@coachdogge) June 9, 2018
Courtois – Vertonghen, Kompany, Alderweireld – De Bruyne, Witsel, Chadli, Meunier, – E. Hazard, Mertens, – Lukaku
The teams will produce an evenly matched Brazil Vs Belgium game. I expect it to go to extra time with Belgium finding a late winner to win 3-2. Let us know your predictions in the comments below.